UPDATED: Fire Heavily Damages Salisbury Home; Sparked by Power Cord


Russell Avenue, Salisbury / Image courtesy Maryland State Fire Marshal

UPDATED – 10/16/23 – Deputy State Fire Marshals have determined a power cord to a lamp in the living room of the home which was located on the first floor is what sparked the blaze.  Several fire investigators examined the scene for hours before coming to this conclusion.  This case will now be closed for the Office of the State Fire Marshal with no further agency involvement.


ORIGINAL STORY – 10/8/23 – Firefighters in Salisbury were called for a house fire at Russell and North Pinehurst Avenues just before 10 Sunday morning. Crews arriving at the scene found fire showing from the two story home. State Fire Marshal investigators say the fire began in the living room – the cause remains under investigation.

Two cats and a dog died in the fire and two firefighters suffered minor injuries. They were treated at a local hospital and released. Fire officials say the home is owned by Salisbury University Coach Jim Berkman.

Damage is estimated at $250,000.